Cheryl Ladd

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Cheryl Ladd
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Cheryl Ladd in 2001
Born
Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor

(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 68)
OccupationActress, singer, author
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)
David Ladd
(m. 1973;div. 1980)

Brian Russell
(m. 1981)
Children Jordan Ladd (b. 1975)
Lindsay Russell (stepdaughter)

Cheryl Ladd (born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor; July 12, 1951) is an American actress, singer and author best known for her role as Kris Munroe in the ABC television series Charlie's Angels in which she was hired for its second season in 1977 to replace Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Ladd remained on the show until its cancellation in 1981. Her film roles include Purple Hearts (1984), Millennium (1989), Poison Ivy (1992), Permanent Midnight (1998), and Unforgettable (2017).

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Early life

Ladd was born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor in Huron, South Dakota, [1] the second daughter of Dolores (née Katz), a waitress, and Marion Stoppelmoor (1929–2001), a railroad engineer. [1] After high school, she travelled with the band The Music Shop and played in many mid-western joints before settling in Los Angeles in 1970. [2]

Career

Early roles

Ladd originally came to Hollywood to begin a career in music (she was known as "Cherie Moor" when she was the singing voice of Melody on Hanna-Barbera's Josie and the Pussycats animated series, and she also sang on the 1970 album of the same name). [3] However, she soon began to land non-singing roles in commercials and episodic television, including guest appearances on shows such as on The Rookies , The Partridge Family , Police Woman , The Muppet Show and Happy Days . [4]

Charlie's Angels (1977–1981)

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Ladd in 1977

Ladd's big acting break came in 1977, when she was cast in the ABC television series, Charlie's Angels, replacing star Farrah Fawcett, [5] who left the show after only one season to pursue a movie career. To make the transition easier for audiences, producers cast Ladd as Fawcett's character's younger sister, Kris, instantly making her a part of the "Angel's family". In the years to come, this practice of replacing Angels became a common event for the show, but Ladd remained a part of the main cast until the show's end in the spring of 1981. [6]

While starring in the highly rated Charlie's Angels, Ladd took advantage of her new-found popularity to further her musical career, guest-starring in musical-comedy variety series and specials, performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl XIV in January 1980, and releasing three albums. She had a top-40 Billboard Hot 100 single and a gold record. [7] [4]

Later career

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Ladd in 2007

Following Charlie's Angels, Ladd remained a familiar face on television and has starred in more than 30 made-for-television films, including as Grace Kelly, the Philadelphia heiress who became a Hollywood glamour girl and then a European princess, in a biopic that was begun shortly before Kelly's death. [8] She also appeared in a number of feature films, such as Purple Hearts (1984), Millennium (1989), Poison Ivy (1992) (featuring Drew Barrymore, who later starred in the film adaptations of Charlie's Angels ) and Permanent Midnight (1998). Ladd had the lead role in the television series One West Waikiki (1994–96) and made guest appearances in other TV shows such as Charmed , Hope and Faith and CSI: Miami . From 2003 until the show's cancellation in 2008 Ladd played Jillian Deline, the wife of the lead character Ed Deline (James Caan), in 29 episodes of the television drama series Las Vegas . [9]

In 1996, Ladd published a children's book titled The Adventures of Little Nettie Windship. [10] In 2005, she published Token Chick: A Woman's Guide to Golfing With the Boys, [11] an autobiographical book which focused on her love of golf. [12] For several years, Ladd hosted a golf tournament sponsored by Buick. [13]

In September 2000, Ladd starred on Broadway, taking over the title role from Bernadette Peters in a revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun . She played the role until January 2001, when Reba McEntire took over. [14]

On April 17, 2010, Ladd — along with her co-angel Jaclyn Smith — accepted the 2010 TV Land Pop Culture Award for Charlie's Angels. [15]

Ladd has continued to appear in a number of TV productions, including the 2011 Hallmark Channel movie Love's Everlasting Courage, [16] guest starring in the NCIS episode "Thirst" (as the love interest of medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard), [17] and the series Chuck , playing Sarah Walker's mother. [9]

Personal life

She married fellow actor David Ladd (son of Alan Ladd) in 1973l they had a daughter, Jordan (born 1975). [18] Ladd took his surname as her own, keeping it after their divorce in 1980. [19]

Ladd has been married to music producer Brian Russell since 1981 and has a stepdaughter, Lindsay Russell. [20] Ladd is a celebrity ambassador for the child abuse prevention and treatment non-profit Childhelp. [21] [22]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1971 Chrome and Hot Leather Kathy
1974 The Treasure of Jamaica Reef Zappy
1983 Now and Forever Jessie Clarke
1984 Purple Hearts Deborah Solomon
1989 Millennium Louise Baltimore
1989 Lisa Katherine
1992 Poison Ivy Georgie CooperCo-starred with Drew Barrymore
1998 Permanent Midnight Pamela Verlaine
1999 A Dog of Flanders Anna
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story HerselfUncredited
2008Holiday BaggageSarah Murphy
2012 Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Mrs. Claus
2014 The Perfect Wave Mrs. McCormack (Mom)
2017 Unforgettable Helen / Lovey
2017 Camera Store Alma

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1970–1971 Josie and the Pussycats Melody Valentine (singing voice)16 episodes
1972 The Rookies GirlEpisode: "The Good Die Young"
1972 Alexander Zwo NellyEpisode: "Das gestohlene Ich"
1972The Ken Berry 'Wow' ShowHerself1 episode
1972–1973 Search Amy Love3 episodes
1973 Harry O Teenage GirlEpisode: "Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On"
1973 Ironside GwenEpisode: "A Game of Showdown"
1973 Satan's School for Girls Jody KellerTelevision film; co-starred with future "angel" colleague Kate Jackson
1973 The Partridge Family Johanna HouserEpisode: "Double Trouble"
1974 The Streets of San Francisco Susan Ellen MorleyEpisode: "Blockade"
1974 Happy Days Cindy SheaEpisode: "Wish Upon a Star"
1975 Switch Jill LorimerEpisode: "Death by Resurrection"
1977 Police Woman KateEpisode: "Silky Chamberlain"
1977 Police Story BuffyEpisode: "Prime Rib"
1977 Code R Ruth RobertsEpisode: "The Aliens"
1977 The Fantastic Journey NaticaEpisode: "The Innocent Pray"
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums HerselfEpisode: "Angels and the Bums"
1977–1981 Charlie's Angels Kris Munroe87 episodes; replaced original "angel" Farrah Fawcett; second longest serving "angel" in the series after Jaclyn Smith
1978 The Muppet Show GuestEpisode: "Cheryl Ladd"
1979 Carol Burnett & Company GuestEpisode: "Pilot"
1979When She Was BadBetina "Teeny" MorganTelevision film
1983 Kentucky Woman Maggie TelfordTelevision film
1983 Grace Kelly Grace Kelly Television film
1983The Hasty HeartMargaretTelevision film
1985 Romance on the Orient Express Lily ParkerTelevision film
1985Death in CaliforniaHope MastersTelevision miniseries
1986CrossingsLiane DeVilliers3 episodes
1987 Deadly Care Ann HalloranTelevision film
1988BluegrassMaude Sage BreenTelevision film
1989The Fulfillment of Mary GrayMary GrayTelevision film
1990Jekyll & HideSara Crawford née LanyonTelevision film
1990The Girl Who Came Between ThemLauraTelevision film
1990 Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 Diane HalsteadTelevision film
1991 Changes Melanie AdamsTelevision film
1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage
(aka The Other Side of Love)
Annie GallagherTelevision film
1993 Dead Before Dawn LindaTelevision film
1993 Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back Pam CheneyTelevision film
1994Dancing with DangerMary DannonTelevision film
1996Kiss and TellJean McAvoyTelevision film
1996The Haunting of LisaEllen DowneyTelevision film
1994–1996 One West Waikiki Dawn 'Holli' Holliday, M.E.21 episodes
1996Vows of DeceptionLucinda / Lucy Ann MichaelsTelevision film
1997 Ink MercedesEpisode: "The Black Book"
1998 Every Mother's Worst Fear Connie HoaglandTelevision film; co-starred with daughter Jordan Ladd
1998Perfect Little AngelsElaine FriedmanTelevision film
1999 Jesse Mary Anne MyersEpisode: "Crazy White Female"
1999 Michael Landon, the Father I Knew Lynn Noe LandonTelevision film
2000 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Berg's Mom2 episodes
2002Her Best Friend's HusbandJane ThorntonTelevision film
2003 Charmed Doris BennettEpisode: "The Day the Magic Died"
2003–2008 Las Vegas Jillian Deline29 episodes
2004 Hope and Faith Mary Jo Johnson FairfieldEpisode: "9021-Uh-Oh"
2004Eve's ChristmasDiane SimonTelevision film
2006 Though None Go with Me Elizabeth BishopTelevision film
2009 CSI: Miami Amanda CollinsEpisode: "Bolt Action"
2011 Love's Everlasting Courage IreneTelevision film
2011 NCIS Mary CourtneyEpisode: "Thirst"
2011 Chuck EmmaEpisode: "Chuck Versus The Baby"
2014 Anger Management JoanneEpisode: "Charlie Gets Tied Up with A Catholic Girl"
2015 Ray Donovan Tina HarveyEpisode: "Breakfast of Champions"
2015 Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress Helen Whitney CarterTelevision film
2016 The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Linell Shapiro4 episodes
2017 Ballers Mayor of Las VegasEpisode: "Bull Rush"
2017Royal New Year's EveAbigailTelevision film
2018Malibu Dan the Family ManPamela Marshall2 episodes
2018The Christmas ContractRenee GuidryTelevision film
2019Grounded for ChristmasSusanTelevision film

Discography

Studio albums

YearTitleLabelNotes
1970 Josie and the Pussycats Capitol Records
1978Cheryl LaddThe album reached number 129 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with the single "Think It Over" peaking at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track "Walking In The Rain" was used as an ending song for Charlie's Angels in Japan and was released as a single, while the song "I'll Never Love This Way Again" was recorded by Dionne Warwick the following year.
1979Dance ForeverThe album reached number 179 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The title track was also the closing theme of Charlie's Angels in Japan and was released as an EP, while the song "Where Is Someone To Love Me" was the theme of a Japanese whisky TV commercial featuring Ladd herself.
1981Take a ChanceReleased in Japan
1982You Make It BeautifulMini-album released in Tokyo, Japan

Singles

IssuedTitleLabelReleaseCatalogue No.
1970"Every Beat Of My Heart" b/w "It's All Right With Me" (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats )Capitol Records 45 rpm 2967
"Inside, Outside, Upside Down" b/w "A Letter To Mama" (Josie and the Pussycats) Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-58
"Josie" b/w "With Every Beat Of My Heart" (Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-59
"Voodoo" b/w "If This Isn't Love" (Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-60
"It's Gotta Be Him" b/w "I Wanna Make You Happy" (Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-61
1971"Stop Look And Listen" b/w "You've Come A Long Way Baby" (Josie and the Pussycats)Capitol Records45 rpmP-3045
1974"The Family" b/w "Mamma Don't Be Blue"Warner Bros45 rpm7821
1976"Country Love" b/w "He's Looking More Everyday Like The Man Who Broke My Heart"Capitol Records45 rpm4215
1978"Think It Over" b/w "Here Is A Song"4599
"Good Good Lovin'" b/w "Skinnydippin"4650
"Skinnydippin'"(Extended Version) b/w "Skinnydippin'" (Extended Version)12" Promo SingleSPRO-8894
"Walking in the Rain" b/w "I'll Come Running"Capitol Records Japan45 rpmECR-20516
1979"Missing You" b/w "Thunder In The Distance"Capitol Records4698
"Missing You" (Extended Version) b/w "Missing You" (Extended Version)12" Promo SingleSPRO-9096
"Dance Forever" b/w "Missing You"Capitol Records Japan45 rpmECR-20575
1980"Where Is Someone To Love Me" b/w "Just Like Old Times"ECR-17013
1981"Just Another Lover Tonight" b/w "Television"ECR-17205
"Take A Chance" b/w "Victim Of The Circumstance"ECR-17155
1982"Can't Say No To You" b/w "You Make It Beautiful" (duet with Frankie Valli)Capitol RecordsB-5115
"You Make It Beautiful" (duet with Frankie Valli) b/w "Can't Say No To You/Love And Passion/Sakura Sakura"Capitol Records Japan EP ECS-41010

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